Micromax Canvas Knight vs Gionee Elife E7 mini vs Intex Aqua Octa: Battle of the octa-cores

Micromax’s next flagship, Canvas Knight A350, has entered the Indian market. The nifty specs sheet and new design now adds to the already fierce sub-Rs 20,000 market. One of the highlights of the device is its octa-core processor, a first from Micromax. This puts it in the mobile battlefield with the Gionee ELife E7 mini and Intex Aqua Octa as all three are armed with an octa-core processor and fall under similar price bracket. To know which one emerges with better specs, we’ve put them in the ring for a specs battle.


Micromax Canvas Knight A350

Micromax Canvas Knight vs Gionee Elife E7 mini vs Intex Aqua Octa: Battle of the octa-cores

Canvas Knight look sleek, but too much like the iPhone

The Canvas Knight A350 is the first phone from Micromax to feature a MediaTek MT6592T 2GHz octa-core processor, ARM Mali450 GPU and 2GB of RAM. On the front is a 5-inch display with full HD resolution, manufactured by SHARP, and with a pixel density that goes all the way up to around 441ppi. Micromax has also made sure the camera specs are top-notch. There’s a 16MP rear camera paired with OmniVision’s CameraChip sensor and a new generation M8 Largan Lens. The device also gets an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. Like most of Micromax’s recent releases, this one too runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, which is a shame given that it’s more than capable of running Android 4.4 KitKat. In terms of connectivity, one will find Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi and 3G cellular data. The 32GB onboard storage does not come with support for expandable memory. All of this is fuelled by a 2,350mAh battery. Check out our Canvas Knight specifications review.


Gionee Elife E7 mini

Elife E7 mini gets a 13MP swivel camera

Elife E7 mini gets a 13MP swivel camera

Gionee’s surprise package, the Elife E7 Mini, sports a 4.7-inch screen with a 1280×720 pixel display with 312 pixel density. It is powered by a 1.7GHz Octa-core MediaTek MT6592 SoC coupled with 1GB of RAM, and runs Android 4.2 with Amigo 2.0 customisation from Gionee. The highlight of the device is its 13MP swivel camera that gets automatically activated when it is rotated to the front, so you don't need to tap the camera icon to start shooting. Along with dual-SIM support, the smartphone supports 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS/A-GPS. It includes 16GB onboard storage, but there’s no support for expandable memory. It also packs in a 2,200mAh battery.


Check out our hands on and specifications review of Elife E7 mini.


Intex Aqua Octa

Not quite in the competition

Not quite in the competition

Homegrown handset maker Intex had launched its first octa-core processor-powered device, Aqua Octa, earlier this year. The dual SIM handset features a gigantic six-inch HD display that limits the pixel density to 244 ppi. The Aqua Octa is powered by a Mediatek MT6592 octa-core processor clocked at 1.7GHz, with 2GB of RAM. It runs on Android 4.2, and gets 16Gb onboard storage that can be expanded up to 32GB via a microSD card slot. On the camera front, one can expect a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front-facing camera. The entire package is fuelled by a 2,300mAh battery.

Take a look at the comparison chart below:



The bottom line
The Elife E7 mini appears to be quite sleek and slim compared to the Intex Aqua Octa, but Micromax hasn’t revealed the dimensions and weight of the Canvas Knight yet. However, looking at the Canvas Knight, it appears to have taken design cues from the iPhone , which is always a good thing if done right.


The Intex Aqua Octa aims at bringing large screen viewing at affordable prices with its 6-inch display, but the low resolution limits the pixel density to mere 244 ppi. Learning from its past mistake, the Canvas Knight has nailed it with a 5-inch 1080p display. While all three are armed with octa-core processors, the Canvas Knight gets a slightly better Mediatek MT6592T chipset with 2GB of RAM. On the storage front, only Aqua Octa brings support for external memory. The Canvas Knight also ropes in a better 16MP rear camera, while the Elife E7 gets a 13Mp swivel camera.


Priced at Rs 19,000, the Intex Aqua Octa – as a whole package – doesn’t match up to the competition with the Canvas Knight and Elife E7 mini. The Canvas Knight comes with really good specs sheet for a price of Rs 19,999. It has raised the bar of sub-Rs 20,000 smartphones segment in India. The Gionee Elife E7 mini does come with its highlights like the swivel camera, also seen in the Oppo N1, for a lesser price of Rs 18,999. It is also a good deal for those looking for a smaller display and love taking selfies. Either ways, you can't really go wrong. It's nice to see Micromax finally stepping up their game in terms of design and aesthetics, an area they've long been lacking in.

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